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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope mission: Live updates

By Space.com Staff published 16 days ago

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope in its deployed form as seen in an artist's illustration.

(Image: © NASA)

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the agency’s successor to the famous Hubble telescope, launched on Dec. 25, 2021 on a mission to study the earliest stars and peer back farther into the universe’s past than ever before.

Webb is currently at its observing spot, Lagrange point 2 (L2), nearly 1 million miles (1.6 million km). It is the largest and most powerful space telescope ever launched.

Space.com is sharing live updates about the new space observatory’s mission here. 

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13:22:18 – June 08, 2022

WEBB SUFFERS FIRST MICROMETEOROID IMPACTS

An artist's depiction of the James Webb Space Telescope at work.
An artist’s depiction of the James Webb Space Telescope at work. (Image credit: Northrop Grumman)

The James Webb Space Telescope has suffered its first few micrometeoroid impacts, according to a NASA statement. The observatory has experienced four small impacts as well as one larger strike that hit one of the 18 primary mirror segments. However, the agency said that it does not expect meaningful changes to the timeline for first science-quality images from the mission or to the observatory’s overall scientific legacy. Read more>

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